Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) voted against an amendment that would have added $471 million in non-space funding to H.R. 5503, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Authorization Act of 2018.
Congressman Higgins is an original cosponsor of H.R. 5503, which sets spending levels for NASA. The $471 million increase in funding levels would be used outside the realm of space exploration to finance earth science research.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“NASA funding should be solely dedicated to American space dominance and exploration. Other federal agencies like NOAA and USGS are better suited for earth science studies. I strongly oppose increases in NASA funding for earth science related matters.”